In 2009 it was decided to productively utilise already cleared, low lying land unsuited to planting macadamia trees, whilst creating a smaller carbon footprint. This was undertaken through the establishment of a 12Ha (10,000 tree) hardwood pole forest plantation comprised mostly of Gympie Messmate (Eucalyptus cloeziana) trees. Gympie Messmate produces high quality extremely durable and attractive timber for a range commercial uses in construction and engineering. Gympie Messmate is resistant to decay from ground contact and damp moist conditions, so it is often used in outdoor construction situations such as landscaping, retaining walls fencing and railway sleepers as well as uses in wharf and bridge construction.
The Sandy Creek plantation trees have been form pruned and will undergo a “non commercial” thin, followed by a commercial thin which will produce poles suitable for use as fence posts. The plantation will be sustainably harvested for poles and sawlogs at maturity.